Airman Dies in Southwest Asia

TSgt. Larry D. Bunn, 43, of Bossier City, La., died on March 7 as a result of a non-combat-related incident at an undisclosed base in Southwest Asia, announced the Defense Department on Monday. Bunn was assigned to Air Force Reserve...

Beechcraft Protests Air Force’s Light Air Support Decision

Beechcraft announced that it is filing a protest with the Government Accountability Office over the Air Force’s decision to award the Light Air Support contract to the Sierra Nevada/Embraer team and not to it. “Following our debrief with the Air...

Fighter Group Stands Up at Shaw

Officials at Shaw AFB, S.C., last week activated the 495th Fighter Group to oversee the 9th Air Force-affiliated detachments of Active Duty airmen that support Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command fighter units across the United States. “The...

Unwanted Attention

US Transportation Command continues to be the combatant command whose computer network is attacked the most, Gen. William Fraser, US Transportation Command boss, told lawmakers last week. “We are—and the best as I can tell continue to be—the most attacked...

Nothing We Didn’t Know

An operational utility evaluation of the F-35A strike fighter’s readiness for training determined that the system is still “very immature,” according to Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s top tester. The comment came in a 68-page report to the Defense Secretary, senior...

Man-Portable Weapons on the Loose

“Many thousands” of the man-portable air defense systems and other weapons in the stockpiles of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s regime before its collapse “remain unaccounted for,” said Army Gen. Carter Ham, head of US Africa Command, last week. “It’s very...

Airmen Strengthen Partnership with Cameroon

Eight air advisors from the 621st Contingency Response Wing at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst N.J., participated in a 10-day joint aerial supply and medical-readiness exercise in Douala, Cameroon, announced wing officials. Exercise Central Accord 2013, held from Feb. 20 to March 1,...

Former MTI Pleads Guilty to Sexual Misconduct

SSgt. Ryan Deraas, a former military training instructor at JBSA-Lackland, Tex., pled guilty to two charges and eight specifications of misconduct for assaulting two recruits and pursuing five inappropriate relationships with trainees, reported the San Antonio Express-News. As part of...

Levin’s Last Term

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, announced last week he will not seek re-election in 2014. He’s been a member of the Senate since 1979. In a March 7 statement, Levin said the decision was “extremely difficult,”...

Lockheed Receives Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Contract

DARPA awarded Lockheed Martin a $71 million contract to conduct air- and surface-launched flight tests and other risk reduction activities for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, announced the company. Under the terms of this deal, Lockheed Martin will conduct an...